Dogs 2010

FURRY FENCES
(4/15/10)


flashes
of a West Texas
childhood

coyote hides
strung over
barbed wire
a supposed deterrent
to scare interloping canines
from approaching
and attacking
livestock

even
at a young age
I did not believe
that the animals
had such human
perspective

predators
I rather thought
would see the skins
as decreasing
competition
an opportunity
for greater access
to prey

decades later
I still wonder
at those wasteland
warnings
as we display
dead terrorists
on television

we seem
to invite
our own
downfall

while
the coyotes
still roam